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Sexual Assault Program (Adults)

Sexual assault is a violent crime and is motivated by a need to control, humiliate, overpower, and harm someone. It occurs any time a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assault violates a person’s trust and feeling of safety.

Types of sexual assault can include

  • Sexual Violence
  • Acquaintance Rape
  • Fondling
  • Rape
  • Exposure
  • Child Molestation
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Improper Touching
  • Marital Rap
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Voyeurism
  • Pornography

Dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault is often a long emotional process for the victim and their family. It is important that the survivor receives continuous support in order to work through the delicate healing process. Programs are available for adults offering    education and support from trained facilitators and other survivors on how to cope with the overwhelming emotions and the feeling that they are all alone.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of class, race, age, gender, or religion. It can  occur at any time and be perpetrated by anybody. You are more likely to be assaulted by someone you know than by a stranger.

Prevail offers services FREE OF CHARGE to victims and their families. Contact us today for more information.

Hospital Response

Advocates at Prevail can also respond to the hospital if an individual has experienced physical or sexual abuse which includes injury. Sometimes this might mean that the individual will have a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam. Advocates at Prevail are trained to understand the steps of this exam and want to help the individual to understand the process. Additionally, advocates can provide emotional support, safety planning, and connections to community resources to help individuals and families experiencing this crisis.

Goal Development

When an individual comes to Prevail, they have the opportunity to create goals for what they want to change in their life. Sometimes goals are physical needs - including housing or employment. Other goals are emotional, such as learning how to manage feelings about the abuse or improving communication between family members. Prevail’s Adult Advocates seek to support each individual in achieving their goals.

Safety Planning

A primary goal of Prevail’s services is to increase safety for individual seeking services. This includes physical, emotional, and technology safety. Creating a specific safety plan with each individual is a priority at Prevail. After creating a safety plan, advocates will continue to  converse with clients to try to continue to increase and/or maintain safety. Safety plans can include what to do during an incident, how to properly document ongoing incidents of concern,  identification of support people, individual rights, protective order information, coping mechanisms to use to calm down in a stressful environment, and more.

Prevail offers services FREE OF CHARGE to victims and their families. Contact us today for more information.

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